Haiku Start: The Just Shall Gaze

From the Book of John,

The Just shall stand upright, yea,

But what, who is just?

Indeed who determines what is just, who behaves justly? The sixty-four dollar question, for sure.

Who is just, and when is just action called for? Always, the easy answer; hard to come by sometimes, most times.

When you’re stuck in the dark, in a bind, in a struggle so deep, it’s hard to be just, a struggle to be.

And yet He says, to this we are called, each of us. It’s not should we be, but how can we be, just?

Francis said recently, something that might guide us:

“Prayer liberates us from our instinct toward violence. It is a gaze directed toward God, so that He might take care of the human heart.”

Prayer leads the way, to choose just action, just action each day.

Amen, AMEN.

JUST.

Lyrics Post: “Winds of Change”, Y & T

This band, Y & T, one of the first I saw live, decades ago. Local, rock and roll, raw, unfettered.

This song, the last track on their second album, Earthshaker.

Still one of my favorites.

“Winds Of Change”

Look to the stars tonight
To find all that I need
Still there’s no sign of the answer
That I seek
Gaze through the window
Of all the faces unknown
Cold, dark, and empty eyes
With so far to go
I found the word inside my head
No longer turns
It’s lonely emptiness
Within me that burns
But still I’m searching
Searching madly
For the reason of the rhyme
If I could find the answer
I’d have it for all time

I can’t wait for tomorrow
I can’t wait for the stars or the sun or the seas to guide me
I can’t wait for tomorrow
Yet I know that I’ll find

Winds of change
Blowing strongly
Winds of change
Whispering…

Deep in my heart
I’ll find where to start
And follow the light to the end
And the truth will be told
For the young and the old
As the winds of change will blow
Never, never, never lonely
Standing on your own
You’ll face the fears of all of your years
And finally it’s you that you know

You can’t wait for tomorrow
You can’t wait for the stars or the sea or the sun to shine on you
You can’t wait for tomorrow
Listen for you, you better listen for

Winds of change
Blowing strongly
Winds of change
Whispering…
Winds of change
Blowing, blowing, blowing strongly
Winds of change
Whispering…

Whispering…
Blowing strongly
Whispering…
Blowing strongly
Seas, whispering
Sun’s shining on me
When the west wind blows
And it’s time for me to go
In the winds of change

Whispering…”

Haiku Start: He Loves You

Amen amen, He loves you,

Because you have loved me,

Love begets more, amen.

This choppy phrasing, a glimpse into reflection on A passage from the Book of John, 16 by chapter: “…For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me…”

In the most fundamental way I think this says, if you love others in the way He taught us, then too it follows that we are living God’s love.

I guess it’s all about that, it’s all about love. I recall a license plate frame on a car I’d see at church frequently. It read “God is Love.”

Yes, I think that’s true. That’s why He came. YES.